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O'Mara joins effort to enact 'Jobs for Heroes' to assist disabled vets, build on last year's Hire-a-Vet tax credit

Albany, N.Y., January 15— Building on last year’s creation of a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today joined a growing legislative effort this year to enact the “NY Jobs for Heroes Program” to assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

January 15, 2014
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O'Mara joins call for massive effort to eliminate government red tape stifling job growth, says overregulation keeps upstate economy 'going nowhere'

Albany, N.Y., January 13—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today joined his colleagues in the Senate Majority Coalition to release a comprehensive regulatory reform report that they hope will help set the stage for one of New York’s largest-ever regulatory reform efforts this year.

The Senate report identifies more than 2,000 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses and manufacturers, large and small, at a competitive disadvantage.  

January 13, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of January 13, 2014 ~ 'More thoughts on Monterey, Common Core'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "More thoughts on Monterey, Common Core"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the January 13th Corning Leader] 

January 13, 2014
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O'Mara gives Cuomo speech high marks for focus on upstate manufacturing, job creation

Albany, N.Y., January 8— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today said Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fourth State of the State message to the Legislature earns high marks for its focus on the future of upstate manufacturing.

January 8, 2014
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O'Mara welcomes governor's emphasis on upstate manufacturing as centerpiece of 2014 tax cuts

Albany, N.Y., January 6— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats), who over the past several years has sponsored legislation and singled out the need for tax cuts to spark upstate manufacturing, today applauded Governor Cuomo’s emphasis on making tax relief for upstate manufacturing a top priority in 2014. 

January 6, 2014
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'Tips for staying safe, warm in frigid Twin Tiers'

From today's Elmira Star-Gazette, "Tips for staying safe, warm in frigid Twin Tiers"  

From the New York State Office of Emergency Management, "Winter Safety Tips"

From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), "Winter Storms & Extreme Cold"

January 3, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 30, 2013 ~ 'What's your opinion?'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "What's your opinion?"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 29th Corning Leader] 

January 2, 2014
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December 31, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 23, 2013 ~ 'For the sake of tradition'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "For the sake of tradition"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 22nd Corning Leader] 

December 27, 2013
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Happy Holidays!

My very best wishes to all of you for a safe, a meaningful and a memorable Holiday Season.

December 23, 2013
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Cuomo administration changes course on Elmira Psychiatric Center; O'Mara praises community effort to help save local jobs, services (UPDATED, December 20):

Elmira, N.Y., December 19— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s Cuomo administration announcement on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center:

December 19, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 16, 2013 ~ 'Bringing regional high-tech to a boil'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "Bringing regional high-tech to a boil"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 16th Corning Leader] 

December 17, 2013
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O'Mara: 'Innovation Hot Spots' for Southern Tier, Finger Lakes promising for regional high-tech growth, job creation

Elmira, N.Y., December 12— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that the state’s support for the creation of a Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot  and a Rochester-based Finger Lakes Innovation Hot Spot could “carry us a long way in securing a prominent place” in the modern, high-tech economy statewide, nationally and globally.

December 12, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes new round of state support for regional economic development

Albany, N.Y., December 11—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) welcomed today’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded $81.9 million and the Finger Lakes region $59.8 million under the third round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils initiative.

O'Mara noted that the Southern Tier was recognized as a “Top Performer” in this year’s competition.  

December 11, 2013
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on release of Governor Cuomo's 'Tax Relief Commission' report

Elmira, N.Y., December 10— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s report from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Tax Relief Commission”:   

December 10, 2013
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'Pearl Harbor survivor honored in Bath'

Bath, N.Y., December 9-- It was a quite a moving, patriotic ceremony in Bath yesterday as Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, area veterans and members of the community gathered to pay tribute to the last remaining member of the Southern Tier Pearl Harbor Survivors Association -- 92-year-old Donald Bosket of East Campbell.

Read more in The Leader, "Pearl Harbor survivor honored in Bath ceremony"

 

December 9, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 9, 2013 ~ 'Stage being set for tax relief'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "Stage being set for tax relief"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 9th Corning Leader] 

December 9, 2013
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O'Mara welcomes meeting with Cuomo administration on future of Elmira Psychiatric Center

Elmira, N.Y.— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on Tuesday's meeting at the Capitol with key Cuomo administration officials on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center:

"I appreciate the willingness of Governor Cuomo and his administration to listen directly to our local challenges, concerns and suggestions over the administration’s proposed plan for the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center.  

November 26, 2013
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Happy Thanksgiving

To all of the families, residents and communities of the 58th Senate District across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions: my very best wishes for an enjoyable and safe, meaningful and memorable Thanksgiving holiday. ~ NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

November 26, 2013
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 25, 2013 ~ 'For the holidays, remember shopping small'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..." 

This week, "For the holidays, remember shopping small"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the November 25th Corning Leader] 

November 25, 2013
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